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Huawei Mate X2: New foldable dual-screen smartphone has a huge price tag

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Huawei unveiled a full second generation of its foldable smartphone at a special event in China. The successor to the improved 2020 model, the Mate X2 has received a major redesign and now has a design similar to the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 – the case folds inward like a book.

In addition, instead of one flexible display that folds out into a tablet form factor, it was decided to use two independent panels on different sides, again similar to Samsung’s implementation.

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On the outside, the Mate X2 is equipped with a 6.45-inch screen with a 21: 9 aspect ratio, 90Hz scan and thin side bezels. It also houses a dual front camera.

When opened, the user is greeted by a main screen with a diagonal of 8.01 inches with the same refresh rate of 90 Hz and a square aspect ratio of 8: 7.1. Both displays support the wide color gamut of DCI-P3, and the inner also features the industry’s first “magnetically controlled nano-optical layer” for ultra-low reflection technology.

Light reflection and glare are minimized on the Mate X2 (below 1.5% compared to 5% for the Galaxy Z Fold 2) and outperforms Apple’s Pro Display XDR, Huawei claims.

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Unlike the Galaxy Z Fold 2, the folded Mate X2 is completely seamless, that is, it leaves no visible gap between the halves of the case (a lot of dust gets there).

According to Huawei, this was achieved thanks to an innovative hinge made in a double helical structure. It is made of liquid metal using zirconium-based carbon fiber and provides a 40% flatter panel design, eliminating the popular wrinkling problem with everyday bending.

Huawei Mate X2 Specifications :

  • Display : internal 8.01 inches, flexible OLED, resolution 2480 × 2200 pixels (Full HD +), aspect ratio 8: 7.1; external 6.45 inches, OLED, resolution 2700 × 1160 pixels (Full HD +), aspect ratio 21: 9; refresh rate 90 Hz, color space DCI-P3.
  • Processor : eight-core Huawei Kirin 9000 5G (5 nm) clocked at up to 3.13 GHz, ARM Mali-G78 MP24 graphics accelerator.
  • RAM : 8 GB (UFS 3.X).
  • Internal memory : 256/512 GB, support for Nano SD memory cards (up to 256 GB).
  • Main camera : quadruple, 50 megapixels (wide-angle sensor 23 mm, aperture f / 1.9, pixel size 1.22 microns, omnidirectional phase and laser autofocus, optical stabilization) + 12 megapixels (telephoto lens 70 mm, aperture f / 2.4, phase detection autofocus, OIS, 3x optical zoom) + 8 megapixels (240mm telephoto periscope, f / 4.4 aperture, phase detection autofocus, OIS, 10x optical zoom) + 16 megapixels (17mm ultra wide-angle sensor, f / 2.2 aperture, autofocus ), Leica optics, dual LED flash.
  • Front camera : wide-angle, 16 megapixels, aperture f / 2.2.
  • Battery : 4500 mAh, fast charging Huawei SuperCharge 55 W.
  • Operating system : Android 10 with EMUI 11 interface and Huawei app ecosystem.
  • Communication : Wi-Fi 1/2/3/4/5/6, 5G, 4G LTE, Bluetooth 5.2, GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS, Galileo, QZSS, NavIC, NFC.
  • Other : in-screen fingerprint scanner, infrared port, stereo speakers, USB Type-C 3.1, Dual SIM.
  • Dimensions : 161.8 x 145.8 x 8.2 mm (unfolded); 161.8 x 74.6 x 14.7 mm (folded), weight – 295 g.

Huawei Mate X2 will go on sale in the home market on February 25th. There are four color options: blue, pink, black and white. The base version with 256GB storage will cost 17,999 yen (approximately $ 2,785). The top bundle with 512GB of storage will be priced at ¥ 18,999 (roughly $ 2,940). In the US, a fresh foldable smartphone is unlikely to be available for purchase, given the conflicts between the Chinese manufacturer and the US government. In any case, Google services are missing on the Mate X2, as are all the latest flagship devices.

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